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InnovaTek selected as PNW Clean Tech Open Semifinalist


The 12 semifinalists in the 2009 Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open were announced yesterday. The companies were chosen from a field of 56, with the next round of winners picked in September. Then these 12 will compete for three $50,000 regional prizes.

Small Reactor? Piece of Toast!


A Richland-based company is receiving $500,000 from Chevron to help develop technology that gas stations can use to create hydrogen for fuel cell cars on site.

Richland firm to start producing air samplers


InnovaTek Inc. announced Monday that it has secured nearly $1 million in loan financing to begin its first commercial production run of air samplers for government, medical and agricultural clients.

Cash infusion fuels expansion of biodefense industry


Several small companies - such as MesoSystems and InnovaTek , both of the Tri-Cities - will brainstorm with health officials this week at the Biodefense Mobilization Conference in Seattle.

Cantwell's Tri-City tour productive


Washington's junior senator unveiled plans to help retrain the Northwest's laid-off workers and bring sophisticated communications links to Southeastern Washington in a whirlwind tour Thursday.

Move Over Smoke Detectors, Anthrax Detectors are Coming


A researcher working under an Office of Naval Research grant is just a couple of months away from completing a prototype detector designed to sound the alarm when airborne microbes such as anthrax are in the air.

Tri-Cities firms take aim at bioterrorism


Some of the world's most advanced anthrax and biological-pathogen detectors are being created here by a small group of scientists and entrepreneurs, but they agree the quest for something truly accurate, automated and fast - a smoke detector - is still years away.

Bioterrorism: Sniffing out threats from unseen enemy


If anthrax, bubonic plague or other biological-warfare agents were unleashed by terrorists, the materials could be sampled and detected within minutes because of scientific work being done in the Northwest.

State of Bio Defense: Not Good


The experts also say it will take a level of scientific know-how to execute a biological attack that terrorists most likely don't have.